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Cambodia – 6 days

Rare experience you can get and remote area will ever visit. Explore the most beautiful part of the mighty Mekong and high biodiversity Ramsa site as well as rural life and fresh water Irrawaddy dolphins. Journey between sleepy town of Kratie and the remote Stung Treng; you will learn about rural life with personal touch. Along the way we bike along the Mekong through rural villages and learn about Cambodian alive; survey the mighty waterfalls that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists, view dolphins by boat and kayak through flooded forests of Ramsa Wetlands. A chance for a short visit to Laos (Part of 4000 islands Don Khorn).
What’s Included
5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners.
Hotels (3 nts) and homestays/tents (2 nts).
All sightseeing and transfer services.
Private air-conditioned vehicle with drinking water during the tour.
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Day 1: Phnom Penh to Kratie via Stung Trong.
Meet your guide and be picked up from your hotel (between 8:00am and 8:30am, depending on your hotel location – ask your sales agent for estimated pickup time) and hit the road to the bustling provincial city of Kompong Cham. En route, there is the chance to pause at Skuon, affectionately known as ‘Spiderville’, where it is possible to sample the local delicacy of deep fried tarantula. We arrive in Kompong Cham and enjoy a local lunch in Kompong Cham.
Our road journey continues along the Mekong passing through rural villages before we take ferry across the river at Stung Trong to Krouch Chhmar. Then, we hit the road passed many pretty Wats especially from Hanchey towards the old river port of Chhlong, home to some of the best examples of French colonial architecture in the country. We then reach Kratie, a sleepy Mekong port and gateway to an encounter with the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin that inhabit the upper reaches of the Mekong in Cambodia.
Overnight in Kratie
Day 2: Kratie West Bank Rural Lifestyle (Motor Biking).
After breakfast, we go off the beaten track to the west bank of the river where you will have a full day’s experience of true rural Cambodian life; seasonal crops, rice whisky making and noodle making. Be welcomed into the home of a village family and share a delicious homemade meal featuring local products and specialties. Before returning to another ferry crossing, there are also opportunities to experience Khmer noodle and rice whisky making. During the dry season (January-May), there is an opportunity to relax, enjoy and swim at a secret and beautiful Mekong beaches rewarded by many green Islands. (B,L)
Overnight in Kratie
Day 3: Dolphin Watching. Travel to Preah Rumkel.
After breakfast in Kratie, we travel to Kampi, one of the many deep pools where the rare freshwater Irrawaddy river dolphins gather to feed. We board a local boat and cruise out into the mighty Mekong for a chance encounter with these gentle creatures. Viewing is commonplace, although it is easier to see the dolphins in the shallower waters of the dry season, than in the swollen river of the wet season. After enjoying an hour or more of dolphin viewing, we then travel north towards the remote Stung Treng. After lunch break, we journey to Cambodia-Lao border of Vouen Kam (Anlong Morokot) where we continue by local boat to Anlong Cheuteal. Along the way we might visit Laos market as the river here marks border between Cambodia and Laos. We visit Hang Khone which is the southernmost tip of Laos. The French used this as a ferry port where goods were then transferred back to the ferry by train before they continued their travel by river. Afterwards, we will continue by boat downstream to Anlong Cheuteal. If you choose deluxe option (refer to Rates & Accommodations below); we will set up camp on a sandy beach and enjoy dinner around a campfire on a small island. Otherwise for Comfort option, we spend overnight stay with a local family who live on the bank of the Mekong River and taste a delicious homemade meal featuring local produce and regional specialties. (B,D)
Overnight in Preah Rumkel Community Homestay
Day 4: Mighty Mekong Falls.
Join breakfast next to the dolphin viewing pool then we journey with community boat up the rapid to survey Sopheakmet Waterfall; that thwarted the grand designs of French imperialists (and which now mark the Lao border). Along the way there is an opportunity to see Cambodian-Laos fisherman and you can learn about their fishing style. Here at the falls, fish-trap is a popular way of fishing during Jan – Feb and Jun – Aug as the water level get higher and fish that come up the river from Tonle Sap get washed by the fall in to the trap. There are a few different places for viewing the falls depending on the time of the year. Your guide will make decision for you. In the afternoon, there is an option to hike in the jungle surrounding the bed of the Mekong that is unique but challenging experience. (B,L,D)
Overnight in Preah Rumkel Community Homestay
Day 5: Flooded Forests Kayaking at O’Svay.
After breakfast, we enjoy a short boat trip down to O’Svay where we will start our paddling tours to explore the remote flooded forests of the Mekong, Ramsa wetlands. It stretches south along the Mekong River from the border with Laos to Stung Treng. Only accessible by boat, it is a haven for critically endangered mammals, birds and fish and a unique riverine flooded forest system that is a photographer’s dream. With only birdcalls announcing our presence, we maneuvered our way leisurely downstream for a couple of hours before reaching the only village on that stretch of the the river, Veun Sien, where we beached our kayak for lunch break and wandered around the village. Our paddling tour of the forest continue until one point that you feel enough, we will travel by boat which follow us back to O’Svay and travel with our van back to Stung Treng. We might arrive on time to view beautiful sunset over the river on Chinese-Cambodian Friendship Sekong Bridge. (B,L)
Overnight in Stung Treng
Option for day 5:
Instead of Kayaking at O’Svay for about 15km, we can have a 60km boat journey through the whole section of Ramsar Wetlands. Please let us in advance when you make you booking with Cambodian Pride Adventures.
Extra Night Camping (Dec-Apr):
During the dry season (December-April), an extra night camping in Ramsa Forests with excursion to see the birds plus night frogging as well as boat journey to explore O’ Talas and even freshwater stingray catching experience are optional and arranged locally. Please contact Cambodian Pride Tours for availability.
Day 6: Stung Treng to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.
Before leaving behind the remote Stung Treng, we might visit Stung Treng Women’s Development Center (open Monday to Friday). STWC or Mekong Blue is where the project focuses on developing life skills that assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy for vulnerable people, especially women in their region. You will learn about Cambodian silk weaving and their production, which allows not only preservation, but cultivation of the hundred-year old tradition of silk-weaving. At the end you can shop for souvenirs. Have lunch on the road, returning to your Phnom Penh hotel between 2 and 5pm, depending on weather and traffic. (B)